Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer Buckle, Bishop of the Accra Diocese of the Catholic Church, has expressed optimism about the prospects of Ghana’s development agenda being catapulted into a higher pedestal to deliver prosperity to the citizenry.
He, however, adds that this can only be achieved in the present generation if the leadership of the country and the entire citizenry allow the virtues of honesty, hard work and humility to guide them in the discharge of the duties they owe the nation.
“Ghana has a huge potential to become a great nation which can deliver prosperity to its people; but this can be achieved if all of us adopt the virtues of honesty, hard work and humility in our daily lives,” Archbishop Palmer Buckle stated in an exclusive interview with the Daily Statesman.
He explained: “The first thing we need as a country is honesty. Honesty means respect for the rule of law and doing the right thing; we should always act within the confines of the law. That is one thing we need as a nation if we want to develop for it to give all of us the prosperity we have long been aspiring for.”
The renowned Catholic Archbishop added: “The second thing we need is hard work. Ghanaians must work hard wherever we find ourselves to earn our daily bread. When you are engaged in genuine work, you know you are doing it to earn your living; you know you are doing it to support the development agenda of the country.”
He continued: “And the third thing we need is humility. Let’s have the spirit of humility and demonstrate it in our daily lives so that everybody will be able to engage us in healthy interactions; so that everybody can tell us what is on their minds. We should not be angry when people tell us their piece of mind; we must listen to them in good faith and work with their positive suggestions.”
Archbishop Palmer Buckle believes the virtues of honesty, hard work and humility are the three pillars upon which Ghana can lean to catapult its development agenda into the higher level.
He particularly believes all Ghanaians must take inspiration from the inaugural speech of the new president of the country, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
“I was personally inspired by the inaugural speech of the president, especially the last part where he talks about the fact that it is time to redefine who a Ghanaian is. And he gives us a lot of things to think about and be inspired by.”
President Nana Akufo-Addo, in his inaugural speech, said the time had come for the nation to redefine who a Ghanaians is.
“Being a Ghanaian must stand for something more than the holder of a birth certificate or a certain passport. Being a Ghanaian must put certain responsibilities on each one of us. Calling yourself a Ghanaian must mean you have signed up to a certain definable code and conduct. Being a Ghanaian puts an obligation on each one of us to work at building a fair, prosperous and happy nation. And calling yourself a Ghanaian must mean we look out for each other. There should be no higher praise than to be able to say I AM A GHANAIAN,” the president stated.
For Archbishop Palmer Buckle, “That should be the programme for us. He wants us to redefine who a Ghanaian is: we should be proud that the Ghanaian is someone who has respect for the rule of law; a Ghanaian is someone who is hardworking; a Ghanaian is someone who loves his neighbour; a Ghanaian is somebody who is honest and loves his country.”